Interval-censored failure times arise when the status with respect to an event of interest is only determined at intermittent examination times. In settings where there exists a sub-population of individuals who are not susceptible to the event of interest, latent variable models accommodating a mixture of susceptible and nonsusceptible individuals are useful. We consider such models for the analysis of bivariate interval-censored failure time data with a model for bivariate binary susceptibility indicators and a copula model for correlated failure times given joint susceptibility. We develop likelihood, composite likelihood, and estimating function methods for model fitting and inference, and assess asymptotic-relative efficiency and finite sample performance. Extensions dealing with higher-dimensional responses and current status data are also described.
- Estimating functions
- Two-stage estimation